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口語表現(話し言葉). Words, forms and expressions used only in non-formal spoken language.

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How to answer to 精一杯頑張ってきます?

I was talking with my japanese penpal and he wrote to me 精一杯頑張ってきますよ! after I wrote him おはようございます!お仕事頑張ってきてね! because he told me he was going to work. I don't know if there's an answer or not. In ...
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The logic and literal meaning of 実感もくそもある (How does it mean what it means?)

The context is about a high school entrance ceremony. The scene had cut from the day of the middle school graduation ceremony to the day of the entrance ceremony, and the main character has stated how ...
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How to say "piggish dinner"?

What would be the closest Japanese equivalent to English adjective piggish with the sense number 2, like in "We had a piggish dinner"? I came up with two literal translations: 豚のような夕食を食べた。 ...
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What does the word 「でやんして」 mean?

I also would like to know if it relates to any dialect. A: またそんなことでこそこそやってるのか。 B: なんせ 我々にとっては重大{じゅうだい}問題{もんだい}でやんして...
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When can 「お前」be endearing?

In modern Japanese「お前」is generally considered to be disrespectful or condescending. But sometimes in colloquial speech it's used between friends or even lovers in a way that conveys they are being ...
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What does なあって mean here?

I'm trying to figure out what is the significance of なあって in the following sentence: そのままからかいやすい西片でいてほしいなあって It feels like it is there for emphasis or something but I just don't get where it comes ...
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What did my friend mean? (Fukuoka Dialect)

I was talking to my friend at school today and I said her chicken she bought looked good. She replied with 「美味しいよとたい!」or 「美味しいよとだい!」possibly 「美味しいよ取ったい」or something along those lines. We live in ...
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Understanding 付け忘れんな(ぁ)

This is from a subs2srs anki deck that I'm studying. (Edit: Audio on soundcloud ) The original transcription and translation is: 付け忘れんな # Don't forget to record it. But it sounds to me like: ...
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Difference between って and は as topic marker

I often see って being used to mark a topic, such as in the sentence 新宿ってどこ? I'm aware that this is more colloquial compared to the topic marker は. Other than the formality aspect, are って and は ...
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あっちゃいけない - Grammatical origin

あっちゃいけない I can find multiple example sentences for this but no explanation : そのための売買市場がなぜあっちゃいけないんだろうね? 私だけが特別であっちゃいけないんです そしてその権力者に仕える指導者たちもまた権力を振りかざすのがたまらなく好きだ43いいか、おまえたちは、そうであっちゃいけない! The meaning ...
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does なんだこれは specifically have a bad connotation?

I heard this and wasn't sure if it had a negative meaning or not. Does the phrase always indicate irritation or not necessarily? I'm a bit confused since some people say it's just an informal tone ...
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What does 何ちょっと mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

The following lines come from a manga I'm reading. The male lead is a high schooler who uses a lot of truncated colloquial forms. He says the following lines, ruminating on an event where he should ...
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「リキっちまって」What is っちまって suposed to mean here?

The sentence: 悪い、拳 当たったよな リキっちまって… In Oshi No Ko anime there's a scene where a guy punches the MC with force, despite it being supposed to be an act. I know that リキ here refers to the force/power, but ...
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Colloquial language in front of high status person

When speaking to teachers, to boss works, to strangers and high status person we have to use the honorific language, like です and ます, 謙譲語 and 尊敬語. On the other hand, with friends and family members it'...
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I don’t understand the meaning of “冗談 通じんじゃん” in below sentence

The whole sentence is: “笑える! コタってつまんない男だと思ってたけど案外 冗談 通じんじゃん。” I checked on the internet and found “冗談が通じる” which means He or she gets the joke. But in the sentence “冗談 通じんじゃん”. the word “じゃん” is ...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets & Higurashi - What does it mean to repeat a word? Does たのしいたのしい means fun-filled?

1 - Higurashi / Umineko When They Cry Minor spoilers for Higurashi season 1 and NSFW / violent content: See 1:41 here when Sonozaki wants to go to the 'fun-filled' underground torture chamber. I ...
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What does たく mean when used by itself at the beginning of a sentence?

In the Video Game, Persona 4 Golden, Dojima says the following after recieving a phone call: たく…誰だ、こんな時に。 Now, I know this roughly translates to "Who is it at this time?" but what does たく ...
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Disabled people and formal bending body language (such as bowing or sitting) [closed]

This question is not about written Japanese language, but about Japanese language spoken with the body (which, I think, is also relevant because when people use this bodily language in Japan they also ...
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Is「お元気ですか」an honorific speech and can it be used between lovers?

The question is raised from the famous movie Love Letter (ラブレター), where Hiroko cried to her dead boyfriend Itsuki and said 「お元気ですか?あたしは元気です。」. But I'm taught that the「です」's after sentences and 「お」's ...
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What does the と at the end, following a complete sentence and comma mean?

What is purpose of the と at the end of this sentence? And why is there a comma before it? 少ししたらぽっかり目が覚めちゃって、気付いたら佳織ちゃんとひとつベッドの上だった、と For context this was the previous sentence. 忍び込んだはいいけど、...
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Masculine/ Dominant voice in Japanese:

I am an early 30s male with upper intermediate – advanced Japanese and I had some questions about the masculine voice. I do not use the common feminine words (かしら、statement〜なの、using my name in third ...
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Using わかったもんじゃない

The online dictionary Jisho says that this is a colloquial expression, but offers no examples of its use; and I can't find examples elsewhere online. I used it in a sentence intending to say, "We ...
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Does だ in 予定だ add emphasis?

I thought <noun>+だ at the end of a casual sentence adds emphasis (unlike the constructions where だ is needed for grammatical reasons such んだ, だから, だけど). So when I want to simply share some ...
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休ん and 違うん . I don't get if this is a verb form, conjugation, a contraction or some grammar that I still don't know

I found these phrases reading and didn't get if they were a verb form, conjugation or what, I neither could find them on a dictionary. I assume they are colloquial forms of speaking and this is the ...
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Why is the verb 変えれない instead of 変えられない

the only two reasons I can think of are politeness(he is talking to himself) or because it might be confused with the passive(because it's potential)
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"on the drive home" / "while I was driving home"?

How can I say "on the drive home"? I could come up with 帰り道に but this really doesn't give any information about the fact that I was driving. "Thinking about it made me still smile ...
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How should I understand って in 「っていねえし」?

When I first heard 「っていねえし」 or similar phrases used as an expression of surprise when the speaker finds their intended audience is not there any more or doesn't exist to begin with, I thought it was 「...
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What is the meaning of って, っけ and んでした in this phrase “完のゲームって、どうなったんでしたっけ”

Context: I found this phrase in the comment section while I was seeing a video regarding the new switch version of Oregairu Zoku. Questions: I grasped the meaning of this phrase, that should be ...
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Understanding a usage of ってこと

From the first episode of Death Note: フッ… 楽に死なせたり苦しませて死なせたり できるってことか I know the quoted part (up to and including って) means something like: "one can let them die easily or let them suffer and ...
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Changing of vowels at the end of words to え

I've observed that in many cases where people are speaking informally and want to make an impact especially in exclamations, the speakers will change diphthongs at the end of words to an elongated え. ...
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What do よって and りゃあ mean in this sentence?

Here is the sentence. It's from a show called midnight diner, its right at the beginning. It's like an intro that plays at the beginning of every episode. I kinda get the gist of what it says but ...
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How to interpret "あとはかってにちゅうもんしてくれりゃ"?

I learn Japanese by watching 深夜食堂 myself. In the introduction of an episode, the main character says "あとはかってにちゅうもんしてくれりゃ". I am able to figure out the meaning of the whole sentence by ...
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せいせいすらあ Meaning

This is from the manga Kaiji. A hated character is making his departure, and Kaiji thinks to himself, "消えろ!消えろ!。。。!” ”せいせいすらあ。。。。” The first part is pretty easy, basically like "Yeah, get ...
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Does ちょっと(笑)have some kind of meaning when said at end of a sentence?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOuP6jppdJs&t=3m21s だけど 戦闘で使うのは バンギラスとか (Tyranitar) ちょっと(笑) There are so many sites that list the endless meanings of ちょっと. My guess out of 100 other theories is ...
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誰にも優しくしてるよね、誰にも優しくしてあげてるよね、誰にも優しくしてくれてるよね

In a recent conversation with someone who is in the same loosely connected group as me, I tried to tell them that they have been a crucial member in the group. We are comfortably on ため口 terms. I tried ...
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Why is the て-form being used before ん?

In the following sentence: 誰{だれ}探{さが}してんの What is the grammatical reason for 探{さが}す to be used in て-form before ん?
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The meaning of 一応 in 一応褒めている

According to any definitions I'm aware of, I don't understand the phrase "一応褒めている". 一応 is pretty tricky (for me, anyhow), so I'm sure I'm overlooking something, but what does it mean here and how ...
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Meaning of いーじゃん

I am reading 海街 Diary, and I have come across the dialogue below. For context: The older sister of the female protagonist calls her, and then has a go at her because her phone was switched off and she ...
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What does だよなー mean?

I know that だよ is like the informal of です but I couldn't get it because when I was having a conversation with someone which went like this person: うん痩せたいです今よりもっと me: 私も... ;; person: だよなー I couldn't ...
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Can somebody give me a grammatical insight into the following very short sentence? [duplicate]

何してんの? The translated meaning is "what are you doing?", but I am having difficulty understanding how the て form of する is referring to the present tense (I would have expected している here). Also, I am ...
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The difference between ending a sentence with さ or ね

According to this question, ending a sentence with さ is a colloquial way of to make a sentence more playfully assertive. But I noticed that ね is also used to end a sentence and the meaning to me seems ...
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What does the phrase 「かかってこんかい」 mean?

It is said by a boss before a battle begun in a video game. Does the こんかい mean 'now' in this phrase? Does it share the same meaning with 「かかってこい」(bring it on)?
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Is the word 「やんな」positive or negative?

I found that in a website 〜やんな is a colloquial form of 〜やるな meaning 'Don't do...' However, I have seen the word in a manga with the following sentence. A: おい あかりを消してやんな。新入りさんがまぶしくてねむれんといかん。 B: じゃあ ...
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Is 行ってみい a dialect form of 行ってみよ?

The following dialogue is from Final Fantasy XII: さて……王宮に忍びこむ方法じゃがな。 まず5番倉庫に行ってみい。 あそこに扉が2つあるじゃろう? I bolded 行ってみい. I'm not sure what this is, and there's no dictionary entry for みい. My guess is ...
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遊ばにゃ損なってなもんだろうがおう!

...遊ばにゃ損なってなもんだろうがおう! 遊ばにゃ (or にや) - can't understand what the verb form is used here... 損なって - "failing", that seems clear なもん - have no idea how to decipher this one... だろうがおう!"can ...
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What function would っての have in these contexts?

亜衣麻衣美衣が壁を作るようにして、士道の進路を阻んでくる。 「ちょっと待てゴルァァァァァ!」 「乙女を辱めておいてどこに行こうってのよ!」「現行犯よ!逃がさないんだから!」 「馬鹿にすんじゃないわよ!ジェットコースターの制限って一一〇センチとかじゃない!さすがにそんなに小さくないっての!」 (the sister wanted to ride the roller coaster but the ...
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What does ってのない mean?

I was talking to a Japanese person and I asked her if she liked fanfiction. She said: んー天の弱とか? これ!ってのない (笑). I suppose she meant Like Ten no Jaku? This! I don't think this is it LoL. But I don't ...
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Male speech pronunciation changes for i-adjectives

I learn Japanese from many sources including movie or anime. unfortunately Japanese often pronounce it different from actual word that make me often failed to find the translation, for example すごい ...
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Purpose of adj+kucha (くちゃ) and noun+ja (じゃ) in this sentence

Though I think I've understood the gist of the following sentence, I struggle to interpret two of the used terms. こんなに小さくちゃ一人じゃ生きていけないわよね。 This small (cat) mustn't live alone. (?) What exactly does ...
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What is the difference between 「でがす」 and 「です」?

Here is the sentence I came across the word 「でがす」. とりあえず これはアッシからのおみやげでがす。 受け取っておくんなせえ。 I'm not sure if it is an archaic form of the copula「です」. Is there any nuance between them?

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